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Pauline G. Bohlen - 7/28/2014

Pauline G. Bohlen

Pauline G. Bohlen, 93, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2:30 A.M. in Mt. Vernon.  After graduating from Burlington High School, Pauline was a waitress and a telephone operator. During the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she remembers the switchboard “lit up like a Christmas tree” with incoming and outgoing calls. In 1941, she married Dale Lynford Bohlen at the Oak Street Baptist Church in Burlington. Pauline and Dale started their family while living on farm in Iowa. In 1949 the family moved to Hazelton, Idaho to homestead land that was given to WWII Veterans. During this time, Pauline was a homemaker, helping with the duties of the farm and very active in her church. In 1956, they relocate to Mt. Vernon, Illinois where Pauline continued to raise her family, and participated in many church related activities. She was a childcare worker in the Logan Street Baptist Church Day Care Center. In her later years, she felt it was her calling to volunteer as the church greeter each and every Sunday. She was faithful to The Lord and Family and Friends.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 28, 2014 at Logan Street Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, with Reverend Wendell Garrison officiating.  Interment will follow at Union Chapel Cemetery in Jefferson County, Illinois.  For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Logan Street Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864.Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.

She is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Dale Bohlen, of Mt. Vernon, children including twins Sherry Pauline Edwards and husband Steve of Chinook, Montana and Gary Dale Bohlen and wife Nancy of Bartonville, Illinois, and Karen Russell and husband Russ of Lubbock, Texas, Linda Mc Neil and husband John of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and Lela and husband Dale Pettit of Mesa, Arizona; grandchildren: Sonya Edwards Bonar and husband Brian, Stuart Edwards and wife Cindy, Sherry Bohlen Zehr and husband Steven, Greg Bohlen, Clay Russell and wife Anita, Kimberly Russell Dutton, Cody Russell and wife Deirdre, Sarah McNeil Usery and husband Bryan, Rachel McNeil Rainer and husband Jess.  Twenty-two great grandchildren also survive.

Pauline was born May 20, 1921 in Burlington, Iowa.  Pauline was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers. 


Rexaline McCarley - 7/26/2014

Rexaline McCarley

Rexaline McCarley, age 75, of Salem passed away July 22, 2014 at her home in Salem.  She was a homemaker, mother and formerly worked in real estate.  She was a member of the Jehovah Witness church and enjoyed crafts and geneology.  

Funeral services for Rexaline McCarley will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Benton, Illinois.  Memorials may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.  Rogers-Atkins Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.  

She is survived by 5 daughters - Cleo Yvonne Morris and husband Alan of Indianapolis,  Tammy Lanaie Johnson of Salem,  Carrie Louise Bell of Fairbanks, AK,  Johnetta Kay Richey of Fairbanks, AK,  LaVonda Sue Goins of Centralia;  3 sons - John Francis McCarley and wife Kathy of Charleston, SC,  Alan Dale McCarley and wife Rebecca of Piedmont, OK,  Rexal Gehrome McCarley and wife Rachel of Columbus, OH;  2 brothers - Rexal Cleo Parks Jr. of Ozarks;  Charles Parks of Carrier Mills;  2 sisters - Carolyn Benson of Carrier Mills;  Mary Evers and husband Mark of Cape Girardeau.  Several nieces, nephews, 20 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren also survive.  

Rexaline McCarley was born on November 10, 1938 in Harrisburg, Illinois to Rexal Cleo Parks and Velma Louise Parks.  She was preceded in death by her parents.   



Wanda May Branum - 7/26/2014

Wanda May Branum, 89, of Patoka, passed away June 22, 2014 at the Centralia Manor.  Mrs. Branum was an office manager for the McMahon Furniture for 25 years in Southern California.  She was a member of the Patoka Christian Church.  She served her church as a treasurer, librarian, and Sunday school teacher.  She enjoyed painting, making homemade cards, flower gardening, traveling, and had a constant stream of visitors to her apartment.  Mrs. Branum donated her body to the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Day Macz Funeral Home in Patoka is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held 1:00 p.m. July 26, 2014 at the Patoka Christian Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Patoka Christian Church or the Oil Belt Christian Camp.  On-line condolences and memories of Mrs. Branum may be shared with the family at www.daymaczfuneralhomes.com.

Survivors include her son Joe Branum, wife Rhonda of Carbondale; grandchildren Faye Alicia Branum of St. Louis and Renee Cherie Branum of Carbondale; and sister Jeane Brown of Patoka.

She was born the daughter of Fay and Dora Mae (Marckley) Flanagan on May 1, 1925 in Odin, IL.  She married Donald Branum on September 3, 1944 in Tamora, IL.  He preceded her in death on March 19, 1998.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, brother Donald F. Flanagan in 1987.


Harvey Lovin - 7/25/2014

Harvey Lovin

Harvey Lovin, 97, of Mount Vernon, passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 22. He lived in St. Louis and in Bluford before serving in the Army as a staff sergeant in Canada, Australia, and the Philippines during World War II. He married Irene Warren, of Bluford, on January 9, 1943. After the War they settled in Peoria, Illinois, where they raised four children. Harvey worked as a lithographer and later as a representative of the Graphics Arts International Union until his retirement in 1978.  In retirement Harvey and Irene returned to Jefferson County, where they became active members of Otterbein United Methodist Church in Bluford and enjoyed country life in Farrington Township until they moved to Mount Vernon in 2002. With the help of family and loving caregivers, Harvey and Irene remained together in their home until his death. 

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, July 25, at Otterbein United Methodist Church in Bluford, with Ann Hinds officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church preceding the service from 1:00PM to 3:00 PM. Interment will be at Union Chapel Cemetery in Jefferson County, Illinois. The Chaplain of Mount Vernon American Legion Post #141 will conduct a Military Flag Presentation at the cemetery. Memorials may be made to Otterbein United Methodist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, son Robin Lovin of Princeton, NJ, daughter Marilyn Aylward and husband Guy of Mount Vernon, son Bill Lovin and wife Robin of Iowa City, Iowa, and daughter Nancy Zilch and husband Jim of Bartonville, IL, grandchildren Patrick Aylward, Scott Aylward, Nathaniel Lovin, Laura Lane, Amy Lane, Brian Zilch, Travis Zilch and Bill Zilch, and great grandchildren Moira Aylward, Brayden Zilch, and Abby Zilch, brother Bill Lovin and wife Mary of Arrow Rock, MO, sister-in-laws, Margie Hess of Mount Vernon, and Janet Warren of Nampa, ID, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers Henry Lovin and Art Lovin, sisters Helen Lovin and Mildred Rohrich, and great granddaughter Ryleigh Zilch. 


He was born in Opdyke, on December 10, 1916, the son of Henry C. and Emma Gifford Lovin.  He was preceded in death by brothers Henry Lovin and Art Lovin, sisters Helen Lovin and Mildred Rohrich, and great granddaughter Ryleigh Zilch. 


Bob Sledge - 7/25/2014

Bob Sledge

Bob Sledge, 82, of Mt. Vernon, died suddenly Tuesday morning, July 22, 2014, at his home.  He was the co-owner of B & D Sledge Drilling.  He served in the United States Army as a First Sergeant with Company A 66th Tank Battalion.  He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for 62 years, and served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Deacon, and a board member of the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Committee.  He was a loving husband, father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, and Friend.

Funeral services for Mr. Sledge will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix, with Rev. Jack Lucas and Rev. Jason Webb officiating.  Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Graveside Military Rites will be accorded by American Legion Post #141 of Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  Visitation will be held Friday, July 25, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill Food Pantry and will be accepted at the service, or by mail to the Osborn Funeral Home, P.O. Box 130, Dix, Illinois 62830.  Online condolences may be made at www.osbornfuneralhomeinc.com.

He is survived by his wife, Dolly Sledge of Mt. Vernon;  Three children, Cheryl Harrison and husband Ronnie of Mt. Vernon, Brad Sledge and Special Friend Juanita of Bluford, and Kay Hall and husband Tom of Texico;  Seven grandchildren, Gabe Harrison and wife Keri, Luke Harrison and wife Sarah, Chelsea Heck ad husband Ricky, Amy Sledge and special friend Chad, Bobby Sledge, Adam Hall and wife Heather, and Amber Hall and wife Kody;  Eight Great Grandchildren, Anni, Roman, Tristan and Savannah Harrison, Quincy Heck, Wyatt Bell, and Tawneley and Easton Hall; one brother-in-law, Clarence Benard and wife Barbara of Benton;  two sisters-in-law, Mary Benard of Chicago, and Betty Sledge of Texico;  and several nieces and nephews.

He was born August 3, 1931, in Dix, Illinois, the son of George Emery and Mattie (Riley) Sledge.  On May 11, 1952, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, he married Dolly Benard, and she survives in Mt. Vernon.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Dee Sledge and Walt Sledge.



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